The Beet Restaurant To Become "Misogi Noodle Bar"

Jason Graziadei •

The beet
Photo courtesy of The Beet

The Beet, the Latin and Asian restaurant on South Water Street that opened its doors in 2019, is getting a new identity.

With co-owner Amy Young departing and her partner Felino Samson taking over full ownership, the restaurant will soon become "Misogi Noodle Bar."

During a licensing hearing on Monday, the Select Board unanimously approved a series of changes for the business, including the removal of two members of the limited liability company leaving Samson as the sole owner, changing the license class from annual (year-round) to seasonal, and the addition of a bar with seven seats that will replace a service area in the interior of the premises. 

The Current reached out to Samson about the changes and what customers can expect at Misogi Noodle Bar.

"I decided to take over when Amy told me she didn't want to continue," Samson said in an email. "I am hoping to open the second week of April. I think food-wise it is a continuation of the evolution of The Beet. Over the years the food has become more 'Asian' and more of a personal reflection of the Pan-Asian/ Filipino cuisine that I grew up with. It is a dream of mine to own a small neighborhood place. I am keeping the lunch menu similar and saving a few classic Beet standards like the chicken burger and the hulk salad. The dining room will change with the counter changing to a full-service bar and I am just giving the room a bit of a 'facelift,' mimicking an izakaya. My food has always been fresh, on the light 'health' side, yet approachable and new at the same time. You may see something like a whole steamed fish with scallion/ginger sauce and Asian vegetable ragout, my way (whatever that means). One of the meanings of Misogi is to do very difficult things to bring you to a higher plane of thought or awareness. So the restaurant is my hard/ difficult thing to do."

The Beet - soon to be Misogi Noodle Bar - is located in a portion of the building previously occupied by the Fog Island Cafe. In 2021, The Beet was named "Small Business of the Year" by the Nantucket Chamber of Commerce.

Young told the Current that she and Samson had parted ways and he is keeping the space. She wasn't exactly sure what the future holds, but said she "had a good run" with The Beet.

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Amy Young and Felino Samson in 2019 when The Beet opened.
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